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Security increases at Boone Mall

An update on a story we brought you earlier this week- security is stepping up after early Monday morning break-ins at the Boone Mall.

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Black Households make 40 percent less, Census saysBlack households make 40 percent less money than white households, census data says. 
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Water for Elephants author makes a Splash in the High Country

Sarah Gruen, author of New York Times number one bestseller Water for Elephants stayed in Blowing Rock last night.

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Water for Elephants author: In West Jefferson Today

Sara Gruen, author of New York Times number one bestseller Water for Elephants is making a stop in the High Country. 

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Fireworks Cause Watauga FireDrivers on 321 yesterday witnessed quite a spectacle. Yesterday afternoon, police cars, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles were parked between Tweetsie Railroad and Mystery Hill.  Full Story
Two candidates to step down: OfficiallyBoone Town Council candidates Rob Taylor and Kevin Freeman are holding a press conference tonight to formally announce that they are no longer running for office. Full Story
Drought affects trout stockingFewer trout will be stocked in North Carolina mountain streams because of the drought, state wildlife officials say. 
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9,100 ticketsThe North Carolina Highway Patrol says officers issued over 9,100 tickets to drivers 
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ASU says it’s just talk- Hickory hopes it’s not

The rumor mill has been circulating about a possible UNC-Hickory.

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N.C. Senator: Less than 50 percent committee attendanceU.S. Senator Richard Burr has attended less than half the hearings held by the veterans affairs committee, the Charlotte Observer reported this week. Full Story
GARVEE bonds sold yesterdayNorth Carolina sold its first batch of a new kind of road construction bond yesterday. 
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Discovery Channel comes to Caldwell CountyEarlier this week, Caldwell County had some big visitors: representatives of “Koppel on Discovery” 
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Brushfire; Watauga County respondsDrivers on 321 might notice extra activity between Tweetsie Railroad and Mystery Hill. Full Story
UNC Hickory?This week the state’s university system is considering several sites for a new university- in Hickory.  Full Story
Rehearsals underway: Magritte’s story

Rehearsals are winding down for Appalachian State University’s newest production, set to stage October 3-7 in the Valborg Theatre.

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Candidates to drop out of race

While two Boone Town Council candidates have announced their intentions to drop out of the race- it’s not yet official.

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CURE for farmers’ livestock issuesWhile this summer’s record-breaking drought has been tough on cool season grasses and farmers,  Full Story
Tax-aide program honors employeesRepresentatives of the North Carolina AARP Tax-Aide Program were on hand earlier this month to honor three Watauga County employees Full Story
Space Grant comes to ASU

For the second time, Appalachian State University is the recipient of a $98,000 grant from the N.C. Space Grant Consortium. .

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